Emma Bolger

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Lecturer in Career Guidance and Development. I hold the Qualification in Career Guidance and Development and I am a member of the Career Development Institute and AGCAS and I sit on the Career Development Institute Professional Standards Committee as the elected Career Education constituency representative.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and have worked in higher education careers, widening participation, research and teaching roles since 2004. 

Area of academic expertise - outline

My research focuses on addressing the barriers to career success created by inequality, disadvantage and discrimination and promoting and supporting inclusive practice.

Current research activities

  • Career guidance and dementia
  • Career guidance and domestic abuse
  • Gender and career decision-making
  • Diversifying the career guidance profession

Desired research direction

I supervise career guidance practitioners who undertake the careers MSc by dissertation. This qualification is for practitioner-researchers and academics looking to build on their existing diploma level qualification via a top-up route. I would be particularly keen to hear from potential students looking to undertake research into:

  • Career development theory and gendered career development theory
  • Equality of opportunity in career choice
  • Career guidance and social inclusion 
  • Inclusive practice in career guidance 

Target collaborative organisations

The MSc Career Guidance and Development programme has established longstanding partnerships with Skills Development Scotland and the Career Development Institute.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

External positions

External Examiner, University of Derby


External Examiner, University of Huddersfield


Associate Lecturer, The Open University

Oct 2008 → …


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